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Oberheim DMX Programmable Digital Drum Machine

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The Oberheim DMX programmable Digital Drum Machine represents a new concept in electronic sound. The DMX has been designed by the Oberheim staff with the idea of giving you better sound, and more intimate control of it, than has been previously available in a percussion synthesizer.

The DMX generates the sounds of real drums. Recordings of real drums are digitized, stored in computer memory, and are made available at the touch of a button. A drumbeat may be recorded in real-time at any speed, remembered, and edited to make any beat of any length, tempo, or style in short, any drum beat that you hear in your head, you can create on the DMX. After you have created your drumbeats, you can save them on tape for future use. The DMX even has a battery to keep the memory on when the power is off.

The DMX operates like a tape recorder: press RECORD and Record your rhythms; then press PLAY and hear it back. But there's more to it than that. There are many more features that are incorporated into the DMX to actually give you much more control over your music than a tape recorder gives you.


Type: Digital
Sound Engine: ROM
Pattern Engine
Programming: Real Time, Step
Pattern Notes:
2000 events
99 ppq
Sounds Per Pad
Sounds Per Pad: 1
Sources: ROM
Sounds Notes:
+ 8-bit samples with μ-law companding, increases resolution to about 12-bit.
+ 24 sounds from a 11 source samples.
Sampling: 8 bit, 32 bit
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 8
Timbrality: 8
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Mono
Patterns User: 100
Songs User: 50
Storage: Internal, Tape
Case: Desktop
Trigger Pads : 24 pads, Hard Pads
Controls: Buttons, Pads, Knobs, Sequencer, Start / Stop Pedal
Display Type: LED, Vacuum Fluorescent
Display Count H: 16
Display Count V: 1
Dimensions (WxDxH): 18"L X 11.8"W X 5"H / 45.7cm.L X 30.Ocm.W X 12.7cm.H
Weight: 12 Lbs. / 5.4 Kg
MIDI / Sync / Trigger
Audio Outputs: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out, Stereo Main
Audio Output Count: 11
Audio Output Notes: 8 x 1/4" mono instruments
CV Ports: CV IN, Gate In
DAC Bits: 8
DAC Frequency Rate: 16
Power: 95-130 or 190-260 Volts AC, 30 Watts
List: $2895
Retail: $2750
Used: $1200 - $1500
Released: 1981
Used By
New Order, Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, The Police, Keith LeBlanc, The Cure, Madonna, Kim Carnes, Run-D.M.C., Midnight Star, Mike Oldfield, America, Stevie Nicks, Roni Size, Scritti Politti, Dubstar , Thompson Twins, Dead or Alive, Oingo Boingo, Madness, Rod Stewart, Eurythmics, Hiroshima, Eddie Murphy, Mary Jane Girls, The Sisters of Mercy, Phil Collins, Ivan Lins, Chemical Brothers, Electric Light Orchestra, ZZ Top, George Harrison, Crispin Glover, The B-52's, Earl Klugh
Design Notes:

Desiner: Tom Oberheim

The Oberheim DMX was the second digital drum machine ever to be sold as a commercial product, following the Linn LM-1 Drum Computer in 1980. Its popularity among musicians of the era contributed to the sound and evolution of 1980s new wave, synthpop and hip hop music.
Manuals & Documents

[+] en.wikipedia.org
References & Sources

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